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John Gwynne con­tin­ues The Ban­ished Lands saga in Of Blood And Bone

After wrap­ping up The Faith­ful And The Fallen, John Gwynne still wanted to ex­plore the Ban­ished Lands, but with­out re-tread­ing any old ground. Con­se­quently, he has based his new series Of Blood And Bone in the same fic­tional realm – al­though 130 years have since passed.

“It seemed like the best of both worlds to me,” Gwynne tells Red Alert. “Hav­ing the break in time be­tween the two series al­lows for a new set of char­ac­ters and con­flicts to have arisen.”

Much has changed in the Ban­ished Lands. “Where once there were many frac­tured king­doms, now there is one cen­tral power that is ex­pand­ing its bound­aries even wider,” ex­plains Gwynne. “My ap­proach to writ­ing both series is that I’m writ­ing about a mytho­log­i­cal Dark Ages Europe. The Faith­ful And The Fallen was in­spired by Cae­sar’s Gal­lic War while A Time of Dread is in­spired more by the Fall of the Ro­man Em­pire, At­tila the Hun and the Vol­sung saga, with a lib­eral dose of Norse and Celtic mythol­ogy.

“There are links to the first series,” he adds, “but they’re not vi­tal to un­der­stand­ing or en­joy­ing this new tale. “I’ve writ­ten this new series to be an en­try point into the Ban­ished Lands. My hope is that new readers will find this book en­ter­tain­ing with­out any prior knowl­edge, while readers of the first series will en­joy the ref­er­ences to old char­ac­ters and events.”

A Time of Dread is pub­lished on 11 Jan­uary.

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